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NYC Michelada Roundup
May 20, 2010, 1:38 pm
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[tweetmeme]Hallelujah, it’s sunny again! And you know what that means… cervezas all around! One of my favorite summer beer cocktails is the michelada, as some of you might remember. But for those who are too lazy to track down the Maggi Jugo and Tajin Clasico Seasoning, or too frightened to buy your own Clamato juice, you can simply make your way to the following bars and restaurants to check out their takes on the Mexican bloody mary.

Dear Brooklynites: don’t hate me but I’m not familiar with your individual ‘hoods so I’ve labeled all Brooklyn establishments as “Brooklyn.”

These are grouped by neighborhood, but I have highlighted my personal favorites in bold.

  • Cafe Habana (SoHo) 17 Prince St. at Elizabeth St. (212) 625-2002. This wildly popular Cuban/Mexican restaurant serves up Michelada Coronas for $5.95. Be prepared to wait, as the food here is delicious and cheap so there is always a line. Get the Mexican corn slathered with mayo, rolled in cotija cheese, sprinkled with cayenne pepper, and doused in fresh lime.
  • Cafe El Portal (SoHo) 174 Elizabeth St. at Spring St. (212) 226-4642. Michelada with your choice of beer. A little salty but not bad for $6.00. The real draw here is the food, which is cheap-ish and authentic. Tongue taco, anyone?
  • La Esquina (SoHo) 114 Kenmare St. at Lafayette St. (646) 613-7100. Mexican beer served over ice with lime, chipotle, puree and salted rim $7.00
  • Elizabeth (SoHo) 265 Elizabeth St. between Houston & Prince St. Their Michelada sounds a little shishi, and it’s priced accordingly. I don’t really like that, so I haven’t tried their Michelada Hoegaarden with cucumber, homemade hot sauce. $11.00
  • Hecho en Dumbo (NoHo/Bowery) 354 Bowery between 3rd St & Great Jones St. (212) 937-4245.
  • Barrio Chino (LES) 253 Broome Street at Orchard St. (212) 228-6710. This beloved LES restaurant and bar is known for excellent Mexican food as well as innovative cocktails, and it is always ALWAYS busy. While I’ve only tried their margaritas (excellent), I have the utmost confidence that they make a stellar Michelada. Sexy, cozy (read: tiny) interior, but don’t try to roll up with your entire posse… unless your entire posse is you and one other person.
  • Los Feliz (LES) 109 Ludlow St. between Delancey & Rivington. (212) 228-8383. I can’t personally vouch for Los Feliz yet, but I plan to check it out this weekend for a friend’s birthday. The interior looks cool, and when I called to ask if they had any specials for happy hour, the guy who answered the phone said, “We have an eSPECIALly cool space, and eSPECIALly good food and drinks.” Ha. Love that.
  • Les Enfants Terribles (LES) 37 Canal St. At Ludlow. (212) 777-7518. Oddly, this French-themed restaurant offers up Mexican Micheladas and spicy jalapeno margaritas. This is another spot I haven’t tried, but I’m diggin’ the dichotomy. I imagine it’s kinda like a French Barrio Chino… So a barrio francés?
  • Mole (LES) 205 Allen St. at Houston. (212) 777-3200. Add $2.00 to any beer ($4.00-$5.00) to make it a Michelada: Chile-lime rim over ice with fresh squeezed lime.
  • El Cantinero (Greenwich Village) 86 University Pl. between 11th & 12th St. (212) 255-9378. Sounds too good to be true – $3.50 micheladas! I can’t vouch for how good this is, or what kind of beer they use. Don’t be mad if it’s PBR, or if you find yourself fighting for a spot at the bar with drunk NYU kiddies.
  • Mayahuel (East Village) 304 E. 6th St. at 2nd Ave. (212) 253-5888. Spicy sangrita with citrus & beer $9.00 – I have a friend who swears by this Michelada. Says it’s especially spicy and delicious. Me? I love the space with the Mexican tiles and wooden booths, the sexy chandeliers, the range of tequilas and that sultry vibe. Their Pilot Punch is also awesome, like a party on the beach except in your mouth, but more Puerto Vallarta than Cancun.
  • Mercadito (East Village) 179 Ave B between 11th & 12th St. (212) 529-6490.
  • Caracas Arepa Bar (East Village) 93 E 7th St. between 1st Ave & Ave A. (212) 529-2314. The arepas here are cheap and they are filling. I’m partial to pork and chicken. Their version of this refreshing drink is made with Pacifico beer, lemon, homemade spicy panela and salt. $6.00
  • La Palapa (East Village) 77 St. Marks Pl. between 1st & 2nd Ave. (212) 777-2537. Limited outdoor seating available, which makes it totally worth the mediocre food. Just get drinks and some chips & salsa and chill outside. Michelada Corona, Sol, or Negra Modelo with lime juice ice, salsa Maggi, salsa Valentina, chile piquin, salted glass. $6.00
  • Diablo Royale (West Village) 189 W 10th St. between W. 4th & Bleecker & (East Village) 167 Avenue A at 11th St. (212)388-9673. Michelada w/Negra Modelo served over ice, served with lime & a splash of hot sauce & salted rim. $8.00
  • Cabrito (West Village) 50 Carmine St. between Bedford & Bleecker St. (212) 929-5050. Michelada Dos Equis with sangrita, lime & salt. $8.00
  • Sweet Revenge (West Village) 62 Carmine St. at Bedford St. (212) 242-2240. This haute cupcake and dessert shop pairs sweets with booze. Their Michelada aka “Sweet Revenge Bloody Mary ” is $9.00.
  • Crema (Union Square) 111 W 17th St. at 6th Ave. (212) 691-4477. Michelada Mexican beer cocktail with fresh lime juice, spices and a salted rim, served over ice. $7.00
  • Las Chicas Locas (Gramercy) 160 W 25th St. between 6th & 7th Ave. (212) 337-8301. Michelada Dos Equis Amber, fresh lime, Worcestershire, salsa picante. $7.00
  • Rosa Mexicana (Midtown East) 1063 1st Ave. at 58th St. (212) 753-7407. Michelada, Tecate suggested, served with fresh lime juice, spices and a salted rim. Served over ice. $7.00
  • Lucy’s Cantina Royale (Penn Station) 1 Penn Plaza at 34th St & 8th Ave. (212) 643-1270. Michelada Corona Light, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Lucy’s hot sauce, fresh lime, salted rim. $8.00
  • Cafe Frida (UWS) 368 Columbus Ave between 77th & 78th St. (212) 712-2929 Chelada or Michelada served with your favorite beer, fresh lime juice, secret spices over lots of ice $8.00
  • Taco Chulo (Brooklyn) 318 Grand St. between Havemeyer & Marcy Ave. (718) 302-2485. Michelada $6.00
  • Roots & Vines (Brooklyn) 409 Grand St. at Clinton St. (212) 260-2363. Mimosa/Michelada brunch: any breakfast entree with 2 mimosas or micheladas add $5.00. Otherwise, Michelada with Tecate beer, lime, hot sauce, salt/chili rim $6.00
  • Pillow Café (Brooklyn) 505 Myrtle Ave. between Ryerson St. & Grand Ave. (718) 246-2711. Mariel’s Michelada: choice of Corona or Negra Modelo, a dash of Tabasco, freshly squeezed lime juice & Worcestershire sauce, served on the rocks with a spiced rim glass. $6.00

Sorry. I lost interest in looking up all the links towards the end of the list, so you’ll have to Google that yourself.

If you go forth and try the micheladas at the following restos, please leave a review in the comments!


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